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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Matthew B. Crawford  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


-- Matthew B. Crawford on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Crawford has a PhD in political philosophy from the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Crawford is a philosopher and mechanic. He has a PhD in political philosophy from the University of Chicago. While there, he served as a postdoctoral fellow on its Committee on Social Thought. He is currently a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia and owns and operates ''Shockoe Moto'', an independent motorcycle repair shop in Richmond, Virginia.

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Shop class as soulcraft :
ISBN: 1594202230. OCLC Number: 276819738

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In this wise and often funny book, a philosopher/mechanic systematically destroys the pretensions of the high-prestige workplace and makes an irresistible case for working with one's hands.

The case for working with your hands, or, Why office work is bad for us and fixing things feels good /
ISBN: 0141047291. OCLC Number: 656767066

Penguin,. .

Why do some jobs offer fulfilment while others leave us frustrated? In this inspiring and persuasive book, Matthew Crawford brings to life the immense psychological and intellectual satisfactions of making and fixing things, arguing that the skilled manual trades may be one of the few sure paths to a good living.